‘This place’: Vincent Kompany suggests something new happened to him at Anfield today as a manager
Vincent Kompany has never had much luck taking on Liverpool at Anfield.
Despite all of his success with Manchester City over the years, the Belgian never won at the stadium in eight visits as a player.
That continued today as Kompany took charge of his first game as a manager at Liverpool’s home, losing 3-1 with Burnley. But despite the defeat, the Clarets actually played very well indeed. A top performance from Caoimhin Kelleher was needed as Burnley were left to rue missed chances.
And speaking to BBC Sport after the game, Kompany admitted that he’d never been on a team who created so much at Anfield.
“I’ve been to this place many times as a player myself and didn’t get as many chances as we did today,” rued the 37-year-old. “These types of games you need a little bit of luck but we didn’t have that and it becomes difficult. The team fights, works hard, is always dangerous and at times played really well.
“It’s a credit to the team because they always keep going. I can take positives but obviously we want the results.”
Kompany frustrated with missed chances
As per Fotmob, Kompany actually doesn’t actually have all that much reason to be upset here. Their statistics put his team as scoring one goal from an xG of 1.24 this afternoon.
Liverpool on the other hand managed three from a score of 2.76. The Reds battered James Trafford’s goal with 25 shots, while Burnley registered just nine.
Nevertheless, those numbers don’t really do justice to just how good David Datro Fofana’s two second-half chances were.
After a mix up from Jarell Quansah put him one-on-one with Kelleher, you felt certain that Fofana would score. Instead, Liverpool’s back-up goalkeeper showed what he’s been learning from Alisson Becker and flashed out a left boot to keep the Reds infront.
Then, mere minutes later, Fofana was in again. This was arguably an even better chance, with the angle favouring a right-footed finish into the right corner.
This time there was nothing Kelleher needed to do. He made himself as big as possible, but the 21-year-old still should have scored. Instead, his tame effort bent agonisingly wide.
For Liverpool, it was a big let-off, although it would also be fair to say that Burnley had a few of their own. Darwin Nunez should have finished the game off when going through with Trafford at 3-1, for example.
So, Kompany is perhaps right to hark back to some missed opportunities. But you get the feeling that had the Clarets come back into it it, Liverpool would have found a way to bag another. It was just one of those days.
Better luck next time, Vinny.